Despite some reports saying it has died a quiet death, the Orphan Works bill Jeff Trexler talked about yesterday is still alive – stalled, but alive. Per Wired’s Threat Level blog: “Lost in the House of Representatives’ push to pass $700 billion bailout legislation is the so-called Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008.”
Jeff, Blog@’s resident Matt Murdock, is unavailable today to put some thoughts together (he says he’s getting ready for one of his classes, as he teaches law at Pace University, but I think that’s actually code for preparing to fight Bullseye), but he dropped me a note to say that it isn’t dead, that it’s “more complex procedurally than that, as the comments illustrate” in the Wired.com report.
“The House has agreed to drop THEIR bill, but they agreed to take up the Senate bill (which passed this week) and substitute it for theirs. There is a high probability that the House will pass it this week when they come back, under suspension rules that allow them to Hotline the bill and pass bills by default.”
And then on her own blog, Colleen Doran, who has been following it closely, adds, “A little birdy tells me that Senator Leahy fully intends to get right back on his high horse in January 2009.”
Watch for more from Trexler soon.